Break in Winds Gives Firefighters Opportunity to Increase Woolsey Fire Containment

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Planes and helicopters battle a fire burning on Boney Mountain in Point Mugu State Park. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Planes and helicopters battle a fire burning on Boney Mountain in Point Mugu State Park. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters managing the massive Woolsey fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties will get a break in winds Thursday, which they expect will help them increase the fire’s containment, officials said.

Northeast winds are expected to drop to between 15 and 25 mph in the morning and then shift around noon, meteorologist Rich Thompson said. A sea breeze will blow off the ocean and up the coastal canyons through the evening until a light round of northeast winds returns overnight, he said.

“Definitely a lot less wind out there today than we have seen the last several days, but it’s still very dry out there,” he said.

Wind fueled the Woolsey fire, which has killed at least three people and consumed more than 98,000 acres. But with relative humidity still in the single digits, danger remains for firefighters.

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